July 14, 2006

New Movie Releases and Box Office Predictions: You, Me, and Dupree take on Little Man

It will be interesting to see how this weeks offering's fare next to the Pirates juggernaut. I don't see either of this week's comedies putting up much of a challenge. We will see how well White Chicks fame carries over for the vertically challenged man. Also, will a former wedding crasher still draw the fans to the theaters? We shall see.

You, Me, and Dupree. (2006, 108 minutes, PG-13, comedy, trailer) From wedding crasher to newlywed crasher. Owen Wilson stars as Randy Dupree, a jobless buddy to Carl (Matt Dillon). Carl invites Randy to live with him and his wife, Molly (Kate Hudson), until he gets back on his feet. This is the comedic thrust of the movie, and to be honest, it looks like it could be pretty funny. How good is yet to be seen, I don't expect greatness, just some fun.

Little Man. (2006, 90 minutes, PG-13, comedy, trailer) "From the creators of White Chicks" boasts the ads. That pretty much means that I will stay away. The Wayans haven't intrigued me since the original Scary Movie. The trailers do not look all that funny. A small thief goes undercover as a baby to retrieve a stolen diamond, that's the thrust of the story. My apologies to those who are looking forward to this, I just do not.

Friends With Money. (2006, 88 minutes, R, drama, trailer) I remember this reviewing pretty well when it was first released, but it disappeared so fast and never played first-run that I never paid it much mind. It is now landing at the local second-run theater, giving me a good opportunity to see it. Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, and Catherine Keener headline the cast about four friends, their lives, and their wallets. The drama starts when one who is not too well off takes a job cleaning houses for extra money. Hopefully I will get a chance to see it.

Army of Shadows. (1969, 145 minutes, NR, drama, trailer, in French with subtitles) Jean-Pierre Melville's film about the French Resistance has had a restoration supervised by the original cinematographer, Pierre Lhomme. It follows a betrayed member of the Resistance who escapes his Nazi captors and returns to settle the score.

Iron Island. (2005, 90 minutes, NR, drama, trailer, in Farsi with subtitles) This looks like it could be interesting. It concerns an abandoned oil tanker in the Persian Gulf which becomes home to a group of Iranian outcasts. They form a society, complete with a school. The problems start when a guy falls for the wrong girl, and it is discovered that the ship is sinking. It was directed by Mohammad Rasoulof.

Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006, 89 minutes, NR, documentary, trailer) This documentary from director Chris Paine takes a look at the electric car that could have been the future, but has become a footnote. I new there were electric cars, but I thought they were little more then over powered golf carts. It seems they were full featured and as fast as a sportscar, and at the end of 2005 they were all destroyed. Interviewees include Mel Gibson, who had one for years. The film was narrated by Martin Sheen.

Also opening this week, but not near me:

  • Changing Times
  • Gabrielle
  • The Groomsmen
  • Mini's First Time
  • The OH in Ohio

Box Office Predictions

Well, I don't think there is a question of what film will come out on top, but the rest I am not to sure about. I think the biggest question is how much will Captain Jake rake in this second weekend?

RankTitleBox Office
1Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$50 million

You, Me, and Dupree

$24 million
3Superman Returns$20million

Little Man

$16 million
5The Devil Wears Prada$12 million
6Click$7 million
7Cars$6 million
8Nacho Libre$5 million
9The Lake House$3.5 million
10The Fast and the Furious:Tokyo Drift$2.5 million

What are you seeing this weekend?


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